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Portraits of Syrian refugees

Molly Crabapple

Writer and artist Molly Crabapple, whose just-published memoir Drawing Blood describes her experiences reporting at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere, has published new drawings of Syrian refugees in the Domiz camp in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Morrissey has belatedly commented on his debut novel’s victory in this year’s Bad Sex Award, noting that he has “many enemies” of the kind who “try to use all your achievements against you,” and that “there are too many good things in life to let these repulsive horrors pull you down.” There are indeed many good things, and a “giggling snowball of full-figured copulation,” as featured in Morrissey’s List of the Lost, is just one of them.

More good news for journalists: Staffers at The Nation have secured a new contract that provides for pay increases and up to four months’ paid parental leave.

And even better news, it seems, for those involved in the UK’s phone-hacking scandal: It looks as if you really have got away with it.

The writer Tao Lin has weighed in on the merits of MFAs in his characteristically deadpan fashion. He’s also updated his useful map of the contemporary American short story.

The last McNally Jackson variety show of the year is tonight, which means you may get to spend the evening with Annie Baker and Lynne Tillman.